WASHINGTON, DC - PROP 8:
BREAKING: Supreme Court clears way for same-sex unions in Calif., but avoids ruling on gay marriage .
The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.
FROM THE OPINION:
There is a "careful consideration" standard: In determining whether a law is motivated by improper animus or purpose, discriminations of an unusual character especially require careful consideration. DOMA cannot survive under these principles.
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Listen to SCOTUS oral arguments here on Prop 8 here : http://wfts.tv/120pMBE
Read transcript from March 26 here : http://wfts.tv/18g7OUj
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Read DOMA March 27 transcript here : http://wfts.tv/123s0kN
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